Posted 19 February 2010 - 02:55 PM
I'm wondering if there is a program, similar in implementation to Unlocker, that will kill all connections to a file on a network-attached storage device (Maxtor Shared Storage II). The device itself has no native administration/file management capabilities, at least for this purpose. Specifically, I'm trying to deal with this issue:
Multiple users will open a PDF from the device, which is mapped to a drive on their computer. One of them needs to append to the document, but since another user has the file open, they get an "Access is denied" or similar error. In order to free up the file, someone either has to make an announcement over the intercom, send an email to everyone in the building, or wait awhile. All the computers are running XP on the same domain. Overall, we don't have a serious issue with this, but every once in awhile, a file gets locked up, no one seems to have to open, it continues with the Access denied error for hours and we eventually have to recreate the original file from scratch.
I'm looking for a program to break the connection the other users have on the file to free it up so it can be edited. Unfortunately, keeping the files on the NAS is the only option for right now.
I tried using Unlocker, but, like I imagined, it's really only meant to free up files locally when other processes/programs are using them.